Big Upsets on New Mexico Cup Day

Zia Park offers four stakes for nearly $800,000.

October 27, 2013

Zia Park celebrated state-breds on Sunday with New Mexico Cup Day, and longshots ruled the four American Quarter Horse stakes with two of the winners returning more than $50 for a $2 win bet.

First up on the card was the $140,240 New Mexico Classic Cup 870 Championship (R), and Coronas Boy, the longest shot in the field at odds of 28-1, rolled to a 6 ¾-length win from the rail. Ridden by Francisco Giles for trainer Hermenegildo Aldavaz and breeder/owner Victor Diaz, the 4-year-old gelding by Mr Houston clocked 870 yards in :44.973 to record his second career stakes victory.

The win snapped a six-race losing streak for Coronas Boy, but the New Mexico-bred showed his affinity for the distance when he won his first three 870-yard starts by daylight, including The Getaway Stakes at Sunland Park. His record now stands at 15-4-1-2 with earnings of $160,843.

Rollickin Red Partners’ Rollickin Red, a four-times stakes winner who finished second as the favorite in last year’s edition of the race, finished second again as the 1-2 favorite. Larry Strain’s Kokopellis Babycakes, also by Mr Houston, got up for third.

In the $170,480 Namehimastreaker New Mexico Classic Cup Championship (RG1), Melvin Neugebauer’s Here Kittykittykitty prevailed by a half-length at odds of 4-1. Larry Gamez rode the 6-year-old Genuine Strawfly gelding for trainer Wes Giles.

This victory pushed Here Kittykittykitty’s earnings over the half-million dollar mark with a record of 23-8-6-2 and a bankroll of $556,824. Bred by Jay and Mary Lou Standefer out of the Now I Know mare One Diamond Cat, Here Kittykittykitty has five career stakes wins.

Quarter Circle W Bar LLC’s Bet On Ballou, a two-time stakes winner this year, finished a clear second with Miracle Snow, also owned by Melvin and Mary Neugebauer, finished third and gave trainer Giles a sweep of the trifecta.

In the $198,655 New Mexico Classic Derby (RG2), Jess Rueben James drew clear to a 1 ¼-length victory at odds of 27-1. The Jesse James Jr gelding more than doubled his career earnings with his second victory in 15 lifetime starts. Conditioned by Jaime Aldavaz Jr. and ridden by Jaime Leos, Jess Rueben James covered 440 yards in :21.718.

This victory was worth $95,355 to breeder/owner Currie Maben, and pushed Jess Rueben James’ earnings to $184,772. The gelding has a habit of outrunning his odds, as he finished second in the Animas Stakes earlier this year at odds of 32-1 and then broke his maiden in the New Mexico Breeders’ Stakes (R) at 8-1 odds at SunRay Park.

Runin Sixes, a filly by Sixes Royal, crossed the wire second, and favored Storm Chasor closed to finish third.

In the $288,830 New Mexico Classic Futurity (RG2), Debra Jean Laney’s homebred Mitey Moon broke sharply from the rail and held on to prevail by a neck in :19.635 for 400 yards. The First Moonflash filly is trained by Juan Gonzalez and was ridden by Jaime Leos to complete a sweep of the futurity and derby for the rider.

This marked the first victory for Mitey Moon since she broke her maiden in a trial for the Mountain Top Futurity (R) at Ruidoso Downs. Mitey Moon finished second in her New Mexico Classic trial with the second-fastest time, and the earnings from this victory pushed her bankroll to $162,298.

Trainer Gonzalez also completed the trifecta with Osaka Moon taking second for owners Dosi and Norma Alvarez and fastest qualifier and favorite Moonifisant in third.